The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) hosted the 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and presented 21 Awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as the Prince Rainier III Award which was presented to Julie Andrews and the Princess Grace Statue Award which was presented to Jon M. Chu, director of the highest grossing concert-themed film of all time in the U.S. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Oscar©-nominated actress Anne Hathaway introduced the special tribute to Julie Andrews. The Gala took place in the presence of TSH The Prince and Princess of Monaco. Check out photos from the big event below!
The Awards for theater, dance and choreography, and film continued the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who anonymously helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. This year's 21 Awards winners traveled to New York City as guests of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, where they received their Awards at the annual black-tie Princess Grace Awards Gala.
The 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala was highlighted by the unveiling of a unique tribute to Princess Grace by Montblanc. This marked The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco's U.S. premier - a spectacular, new tribute collection to one of the most remarkable individuals of all time, celebrated for Her iconic, timeless style; Her artistic talent as an Oscar©-winning actress and Her unrelenting commitment to helping others. The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco is a continuation of the privileged relationship the brand has enjoyed with the Principality of Monaco. Consisting of fine jewelry pieces, timepieces and writing instruments, the Montblanc Collection is true to Princess Grace's enduring style and sophistication. Feminine and elegant, the pieces from this collection are some of the most exquisite ever crafted in Montblanc's Ateliers, rich in details and inspired by this icon's spirit and attention to style.
For the third year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, created an objet d'art to symbolize the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. The sculpture was made for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.
The Awards Gala also featured a Special Performance by Martha and Rufus Wainwright and a performance by Shenyang.
The 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala was produced by Scott Mauro of Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. for the seventh consecutive year.
This very special evening brought together an eclectic collection of Hollywood Glamour, New York Society and International Royalty notably T.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, (wearing Christian Dior) on their first U.S. visit since their July wedding and Julie Andrews (Oscar©-winning actress, Gala Honoree). Additional attendees included RoBert Best (Designer), David and Phillipe Blond (Designers), Toby Boshak (Executive Director, PGF-USA), Alisyn Camerota (Gala Emcee, Host, Fox & Friends Weekend), Natalie Cole (Grammy Award Winning Singer), Lawrence Chu (Chef Chu, San Francisco) Selita Ebanks (Model, Wearing Montblanc Jewelery), Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Trustee), Anne Hathaway (Wearing Valentino and Montblanc jewelry), Ice-T & Coco Austin, Julie Kent (Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre) & Victor Barbee (Associate Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre), Jeff Koons (Visual Artist), Hon. Maguy Maccario (Consulate General of Monaco in New York), Rob Marshall (Director, Chicago), Olivia Munn (Actress, Wearing Calvin Klein and Montblanc Jewelry), Petra Nemcova (Model, Television Host, Author), Michael Nouri (Actor), H. E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (President of the General Assembly of the United Nations), Olivia Palermo (Wearing Marchesa and Montblanc Jewels), Tony Roberts (Actor), Shenyang (Baritone), Dr. Jon Turk (PGF-USA Trustee) and Carolyn Gusoff Turk (Gala Chairs), Sofia Vassilieva (Actress; My Sister's Keeper) Martha and Rufus Wainwright (Singer and Songwriter), Noelle and Dick Wolf, Lynn Wyatt, Rachel York (Actress).
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